Focusing on cooperation and the power of diplomacy, Nukefest17’s main speakers on Monday – European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini and U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., the former Democratic vice presidential nominee – told attendees that the world today is in a very perilous place and multilateral partnerships offer the best course for security.
“The answer to today’s instability, to a shifting global balance of power, is more cooperation and stronger global governance,” Mogherini told the opening session of the 2017 Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.
Over lunch, Kaine – a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees – said one of the obvious lessons of the Iran agreement is “the power of multilateralism.”
Without mentioning the Trump administration specifically, or its defense-laden budget proposal and determination that the time for diplomacy with North Korea has passed, Kaine said the United States must always “be as vigorous in diplomacy as we are in defense."
In addition to the key speeches, the conference included sessions on nuclear security topics ranging from “Cyber Weapons and Strategic Stability” to the “Causes and Consequences of First Use.”
ICYMI, some more photos from today’s events: